Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Asking and Answering Questions Activity

Hi Everyone!
 In this post I am going to talk about an activity we do in class when we are working on Asking and Answering Questions using Literature or Informational Text.  This is the unit I always cover within the first few weeks of school and review multiple times throughout the year.  If you don't know yet, this unit is very important and it is a standard that follows the students every single year.  The only difference is that it is expanded a little more each year.  This activity was used with my second graders.  I hope you enjoy and have fun!

Materials: Post-its for students (about 6 per student) and a text (I use our class text book, picture books, TIME for kids magazines, or leveled readers.) See examples below :)

The smaller post-its are perfect for JUST questions
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These I use throughout the week
for practice or early finishers

I begin by having the students follow along as I read.  I start off by reading 2-3 sentences and then have the students create a specific WH question for those 2-3 sentences.  This way the students' questions are mostly similar across the board.  For example, if the sentences we read are "Suzy is having a birthday party.  She invited three of her friends to help her set up.  Cathy couldn't help set up because she had band practice." I would direct the students to create a WHO question.  This way I am assessing whether or not the students can create a question using the two characters within those sentences.

I will repeat this throughout the text we are reading and have the students create a question for EACH WH word.  This means they will create 6 questions using WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, and HOW.

Once we have completed this, students will work on answering the questions.  To make this interactive, instead of having them answer their own questions, I'll have students trade questions and answers each others.  I have had the students answer the questions directly ON the post-its and I have also had them rewrite the questions and answer them in their journals.  Another thing, I ALWAYS ALWAYS emphasize that they MUST use complete sentences when answering a question.  So, if the question is "Who couldn't help set up?" they must write "Cathy couldn't help set up" not "Cathy". Funny thing is, no matter how many times I repeat myself, I'll still get a ton of incomplete sentences. ๐Ÿ˜ I also have the students SHOW where they found their answers.  This is the benefit of using post-its.  I'll have the students place their post-it with the question where they found their answer.

After the students are done answering questions, it's time to SHARE! I'll have a few students share out their questions and answers.  I love this part, especially because the students are so surprised when they all have similar questions. lol.

The best thing about this activity is that we can do this with any text we read and we can do it over and over throughout the year.  We've created "Flip Books" for this activity and we've done it as practice in journals, for literature and informative texts.  This is what our "flip books" look like. The students write the questions on the post-its and the answers underneath.

Give this activity a try, I promise you won't regret it! Also, if you're still looking for more "Asking and Answering" activities for your students, check out my activities below! :)
RL 2.1 Escape Room Activity
Perfect for centers!

Perfect for centers!

These task cards can be used as a SCOOT game, during
centers, and whole group review.
I hope you enjoyed this post and these activities! :)
If you do any of these in your class go ahead and share in the comments how it went!
Happy Teaching!